Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 27, 2014

Mr. David Alton Manning, 42

Manhattan, NY, formerly of Andover — Mr. David Alton Manning, a resident of Manhattan, N.Y., formerly of Andover, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York, on Sunday, February 23, 2014. He was 42 years old.

David was the beloved son of Paul L. and the late Linda J. Manning, and loving stepson of Judith Manning of Andover. He was a graduate of Andover High School, Class of 1989, and of the UMASS Amherst, class of 1993. A 20-year resident of New York, Mr. Manning was a partner at Mediacom in New York, and had held various positions at several Manhattan communications and media firms throughout his highly successful career.

David was an amazing person, so handsome, so kind. His inner strength and the positive and compassionate way he approached everything he did, made him so special to be around. A natural athlete, he possessed an unyielding focus and commitment towards any goal he set, with no compromises, always pushing forward to live his best life on his own terms. David was a true friend and non-judgmental listener, and approached life with an open mind. A true free spirit, David led a very active and full life. He loved to spend his time outside of New York City, mostly between Cape Cod Bay and Burke Mountain, Vt. He traveled annually with his very dear friends to places like the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Vail, Colo., Whistler, British Columbia, San Diego, California, London, and even attended the Olympics in Beijing and The Great Wall of China. He loved animals and nature, books and music, and was a talented artist. David was an accomplished athlete and loved to ski, hike and run. He was also an avid Boston Sports fan, attending the Sox games whenever he could, and even attended the 2013 World Series. David’s infinite positive spirit and strength, gentle soul, warm heart, and graciousness will forever be in our hearts.

In addition to his father and stepmother, Paul and Judith, David is survived by his siblings, Paul and his wife, Ruthann Manning of Methuen, Whitney and her husband, Paul Keeley of Windham, N.H., Melissa and her husband, Anthony Morgante of Andover, and Rebecca and her husband, Justin Zuill of Bedford, N.H.; and beloved nieces and nephews, Madyson, Adeline, Savannah, Owen, Anthony, and Linda. He was also by cherished late grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and so many dear lifelong friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: David’s funeral service will be held in the Free Christian Church, 31 Elm Street, Andover, on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend. Calling hours will be held in the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover, on Saturday, March 1, from 3 to 8 p.m. Interment will be privately held. We are eternally grateful for the care David received from Dr. Diane Reidy Lagunes and her team at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. Donations in David's memory may be made to Cycle for Survival, Caring for Carcinoid NYC, at, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804. For additional information, please visit,